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Welcome to my rather late Spring Newsletter, a bit like the start of Spring this year in our beautiful Sierra de Ronda; after weeks of rain the weather remained cool with some wonderful days until the beginning of June. However the wild flowers were exceptional everywhere which made the walking and the views really wonderful.

I was lucky enough to be back in Gaucin to see the almond blossom at its most stunning against beautiful blue skies; it’s the time of long shadows, wood fires and cold nights…. mid February. However the countryside was dry, and the lack of rain was the subject of many conversations. Nonetheless this is a very good time of year to enjoy walking around the area and there are many delightful walks of varying difficulty and places of interest to take in, or restaurants on the way/ at the end of the walk…which is often what we seem to do!…Bring layers, binoculars and cameras.

Best wishes, Happy New Year to you all and welcome to our Winter Newsletter.

The autumn weather in Andalusia was extraordinary last year. At the beginning of October it continued to be extremely warm. By the end of October we were still able to visit the empty beaches and enjoy afternoon siestas in the sun after long, delicious lunches. Even better than mid summer...no crowds, no traffic and much gentler heat.

I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays wherever you are this year.

Since I last wrote in April we have had a very busy summer in Gaucin. As you can see by the picture below, Casa Mosaica was almost swallowed up by the sweetie stall at this years Annual Feria from the 2nd - 6th August. The Feria is a vestige of the ancient livestock fair, the event is now in honour of patron Virgen de las Nieves (Our Lady of the Snows).

Welcome to the spring newsletter and to three exciting new restaurants in the village. Today I’m going to focus on Azulete where I have now almost eaten my way from the top to the bottom of the small but delicious menu. Azulete's mission is to introduce refined Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine to Gaucin...using only very fresh seasonal market produce, local meat and fish and...they have some delicious local wines on the menu, not to mention the olive oil, which is heavenly and beautifully aromatic.

I have to start this winter newsletter in true British style, by talking about the weather! Surprised residents of Gaucin woke up to these stunning views on 19th January 2017, the most snow in over 35 years.

I hope you have all had a relaxing summer. We have had a super holiday season in Gaucin this year with lots going on in the village which was made especially decorative by the local ladies and their sewing group who celebrated “Semana Cultural” in the village with this pretty “crochet art”....creating stunning areas of colour and shade in the village.

On 30th April 2016 French troops invaded Gaucín from the West! In a re-enactment of the invasion of Napoleonic troops during the Wars of Independence of 1808/10 by the historicalcultural association ‘Villa de El Bosque’ (dressed as the French army)!

Very Happy New Year to all guests and friends of Casa Mosaica...
“The merry year is born like the bright berry from the naked thorn.” (Coleridge)
Sitting in very grey, cold London, writing this whilst dreaming of blue skies and palm trees in Andalucia. Christmas in Gaucin this year was wonderful. We cooked turkey for 14 and the house was completely full of house guests, friends and family.